01/16 19:40 CST Wood has double-double, Rockets hold off Kings 118-112
Wood has double-double, Rockets hold off Kings 118-112
By MICHAEL WAGAMAN
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) --- Christian Wood had 23 points and 14 rebounds, Eric
Gordon made a clutch bucket with 12.5 seconds remaining and the Houston Rockets
held off the Sacramento Kings 118-112 on Sunday night.
Kevin Porter Jr. added 23 points and seven assists for the Rockets. Garrison
Mathews scored 17, while Eric Gordon and Jalen Green had 15 points apiece.
Buddy Hield scored 27 points for Sacramento, 10 of which came in the fourth
quarter. Terence Davis had 17 points, and De'Aaron Fox added 14 points before
getting ejected in the fourth after getting called for a Flagrant 2.
The Rockets, who lost to the Kings 126-114 on Friday, trailed going into the
fourth but took control with an 18-5 run. Mathews had eight points during the
run, including a four-point play, moments after he crashed to the court
following the hard foul by Fox.
After Sacramento got within 114-112 with 47.8 seconds remaining, Green grabbed
an offensive rebound and fed it low to Gordon who scored. Porter added two free
The Rockets jumped out to a fast start and led 13-0 and 21-5 before the Kings
After Barnes' 3-pointer cut Houston's lead to one, Chimezie Metu sank a corner
3 that gave the Kings their first lead. Fox later connected on a short jumper
and Barnes made a free throw after Eric Gordon's technical to put Sacramento
The Kings fell behind in the third but closed the quarter on a 13-4 run.
WOOD'S FAST START
For the second game in a row, Wood had a dominant first quarter, scoring 10
points and grabbing seven rebounds. The difference this time was that the
Rockets' big man was able to stay on the court. On Friday, Wood scored 15
points in the first 7 minutes but picked up his third foul moments later and
spent the rest of the half on the bench.
HE DID THAT
Davis ripped the ball out of Green's hands while the Houston rookie was driving
for a layup, drove the length of the court and was fouled while scoring on a
one-handed dunk. The Rockets challenged the call but lost, and Davis completed
the three-point play.
Rockets: Jae'Sean Tate and Gordon received a technical fouls in the first half.
Kings: Sacramento missed seven of its first nine shots. ... Tyrese Haliburton
has entered the NBA's health and safety protocol. ... Marvin Bagley III, coming
off his best game of the season, was held out with right shoulder soreness. ...
Richaun Holmes returned to the lineup after missing eight games while in the
health and safety protocol. ... Damian Jones, also back from the health and
safety protocol, was called for a technical foul in the second quarter.
Rockets: Face the Jazz in Utah on Wednesday.
Kings: Host the Pistons on Wednesday.
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